Syria: A Quiet, Legal Coup

In Syria coups d'état are about as routine as city council elections, but last week's upheaval was one for the books. The eighth coup in 13 years—and the third since September 1961—it was engineered by a Parliament that had been dissolved by the army last March, and it brought to power as Premier a politician who had been tossed into jail at the same time. After announcing their return, the civilian upstarts told the army to go back to soldiering, and the army obeyed. With no violence at all, constitutional rule was restored.

Ever since Syria annulled its ill-starred union...

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